adoptions

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ADOPTION CENTER CHANGES 

 

The Adoption Center will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays noon - 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays noon - 6p.m. while remaining closed on Saturdays. Please view our available animals and fill out an application prior to coming to the shelter. 

Any dogs at home will be required to meet any of our adoption dogs so please bring your owned dog or dogs with you at the time of meeting an adoption pet (cat and small animal interactions are NOT required).

ALL ADOPTIONS ARE STILL FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. FILLING OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION DOES NOT SECURE YOUR SPOT IN LINE. YOU MUST COME TO THE SHELTER TO BE ASSIGNED A NUMBER.

NEW ADOPTION PROCESS

Our building is still operating under restricted access due to COVID-19. Due to that, you will not be permitted to freely walk through the adoption center to view the animals available for adoption. An adoption counselor can bring you to different cat rooms. We do encourage you to look at the list of available animals on our website prior to visiting the shelter. All applications must be submitted 15 minutes prior to closing.  

Step 1: Come to the adoption doors to grab either a dog, cat, or small animal adoption application from the bins on the wall and fill it out completely front and back if you haven't completed an online application.

IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN ONLINE APP, you must still grab an application, write your first and last name, phone number, name of animal interested in adopting, and "online app" on the application. 

Step 2: Ring the doorbell that is at the bottom left of the door. Please wait for someone to come to the door to collect your application so they can put what number you are in line on the application.

Step 3: Wait in your car until an adoption counselor calls your phone number to tell you it is okay to come to the front door. They will then open the door and bring you to meet the animal(s) you are interested in adopting.

If you do not have a phone for someone to call, you may stay by the doors until an adoption counselor opens the doors to say they are ready for you. We ask that you stay at least 6 feet away from anyone filling out an application.

Step 4: Should you decide this is the right pet for you, we will send the pet home with you the same day after an adoption counselor goes through the contract and send home information. 

 

To learn more about Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control's COVID-19 Response click HERE. 

 

Adoption Application for animals housed at the shelter

  

 

 

adoption app main location      adoption app petsmart

 

 

 

ADOPTION CENTER HOURS:

  Sunday:………………….Closed

Monday:………………..Closed

            Tuesday:………………..12:00-5:30 pm

             Wednesday:…………....12:00-6:00 pm

             Thursday:……………….12:00-5:30 pm

               Friday:……………………12:00-5:30 pm

     Saturday:...........................Closed

 

Our Adoption Center works on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not place pets on hold. We reserve the right to transfer adoption pets to our rescue partners at any time. We reserve the right to place foster animals in the best fit home.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE ADOPTING A PET

Deciding to adopt a pet is an exciting time for many families.  We would like to make this process as simple as possible. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you come in to find your new family member. 

  • You may have one unaltered pet, all other pets must be spayed or neutered
  • You must be 18 years or older to adopt
  • We ask that you discuss adopting with all adults in the home

We ask that you bring the following with you when you come to adopt.

  • Family members under the age of five
  • If you are seeking to adopt a dog and have a dog at home, bring your dog in for an interaction
  • If planning to adopt a dog please bring a leash and collar. If you do not bring a leash and collar, we have some you can purchase. Adoption dogs will not be permitted to leave in a choker or prong collar. 
  • If planning to adopt a cat, please bring a carrier. There are cardboard carriers available for purchase for $5.00 here if you prefer. 
  • A current photo ID and method of payment
  • Save time by filling out the adoption profile online HERE 

 

DOG ADOPTION FEES

$125  Puppies under 6 months old

$100  Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 6 months - 8 years

$100  Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6 months - 5 years

$50    Senior Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 9+ years old

$25    Senior Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6+ years old

 

OTHER PET ADOPTION FEES

Pick Your Price Donation (minimum $10) Cats and Kittens

Click here to see adoptable pets

$50 Ferret

$25 Guinea Pig

$25 Rabbit

$25 Rat

$25 Cockatiel

$75 Chinchilla

$75 Exotic Large Bird

$75 Reptile

$15 Hamster

$15 Gerbil

$15 Mouse

$15 Small Bird

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR ADOPTION FEE                         

The adoption of your pet includes the following ($300 Value):

  • First distemper combination vaccine
  • Heartworm test (dogs only)
  • First month of flea preventative during flea season
  • Microchip (must register your information to your pet's chip)
  • A starter bag of food
  • Donated exam from participating veterinarians
  • Spay/Neuter surgery (Dogs, cats, & rabbits) 
  • Training Certificate (dogs only)

Please note the adoption fee does not include the pet registration for those residing within city limits.Click HERE to learn more about pet registrations. 

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

 

$10 Leashes

$5   Flat Collars

$10 Martingale Collars

$25 Harness

 

Contact our adoption team for further questions at: (260) 427-5502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

A WORD ABOUT THE HEALTH OF ADOPTION PETS

The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Department cannot guarantee that the pets available for adoption have not been exposed to an illness prior to coming to our department or prior to vaccinations taking effect. Although we are not aware of any serious health condition applicable to any pet, local veterinary clinics donate a free heath examination and can explain conditions common to stray animals, owner neglected animals, and animals housed in a kennel. These conditions may include internal parasites, external parasites, and upper respiratory infections.

Animal Care and Control cannot reimburse medical expenses. An applicant that chooses to keep and provide treatment for a pet does so at their own expense. We suggest you consult with your veterinarian before introducing your new pet to the pets already in your home.

Adoption Lobby Hours:

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday

Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.If you are interested in adopting a dog please bring your dogs with you to the shelter for a meet-and-greet.


Business Office Hours (lost & found- receiving lobby- citations or other law enforcement concerns):

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday


Animal Control Officer Assistance
260-427-1244
9am-8pm Monday - Friday
After 8pm, weekend & holidays,
call 260-449-3000

After Hours / immediate officer assistance:
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies
260-449-3000


General Contact Information:
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
260-427-1244
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Fax: 260-427-5514